-- Impose Magazine
--Louise Parker - Paste Magazine
-- Emily Hinde, No Depression
The Pinkerton Raid makes ebullient, dynamic indie pop. Their live shows can feature anywhere from six to 10 musicians. They’ve played festivals and music series across the Eastern and Midwest US and have shared stages with David Wimbish & The Collection, Lowland Hum, Noah Gunderson, Denison Witmer and The Soil & The Sun. Their self-titled debut and follow-up A Beautiful World won critical acclaim.
Months before its February 2017 release, critics were already praising their latest effort, Tolerance Ends, Love Begins, comparing the sound to acts like The National, Ra Ra Riot, Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. “The group recalls the hey-day of indie rock,” wrote Louise Parker at Paste Magazine. “Stunning … glorious … intricate … playful,” described Emily Hinde at No Depression. “Exquisite,” wrote Meredith Schneider at Impose. “The emotion pulling you from your seat as you sway your hips.”
Siblings and co-lead singers Jesse and Katie DeConto are deeply involved in Durham, N.C. Jesse is an author, songwriter, and founder of Durham County Beer & Hymns at Fullsteam Brewery. Katie nurtures creatives as co-founder of Mercury Studio and The Makery. Surrounding these siblings and their guitarist-brother Steven is a community of musician-scientists, noisy schoolteachers, philosopher guitarists, and tattooed pianists, all toiling toward the joy.
Time was, Jesse would spend his days writing about murder and mayhem as a newspaper reporter. Almost every day, he'd drive from his former home in Carrboro to the Orange County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C.
Driving north on Highway 86, he'd pass a traffic sign that said "TOLERANCE ENDS." It was meant for big-rig truckers, to tell them to detour off the country road and get on the sturdier Interstate 85.
Something about crime reporting that most people don't know: There's a lot of waiting around. You sit there in court, waiting for a judge to make a ruling, waiting for a lawyer to show up, waiting for a defendant to be brought over from the jail.
"I'd be watching people's lives falling apart – or already having fallen apart – and I was watching a seven-year relationship falling apart in my own life, thinking about what went wrong, what was next for me," Jesse says. "I'd just sit there writing lyrics in my reporter's notebook."
Out of those vulnerable moments sprang the songs from Tolerance Ends, Love Begins, The Pinkerton Raid's third full-length album.
What started with intimate, personal storytelling became a communal experience with instrumentation evolving over the next seven years, as Jesse handed off songs like "Tolerance Ends," "Hollywood," and "Deeper Than Skin" for his sister Katie to take lead vocals.
The siblings built many of the arrangements around their brother Steven's acoustic guitar, layering Eric Johnson and Michael DePue's electric guitars with the expansive drumming of Steve Anderson (Kamara Thomas & The Night Drivers) and the twee textures of Chimeatron, ukulele and brass. Wilson Greene (Look Homeward, Mipso) added guitars and banjo.
Recorded with Mark Simonsen (The Old Ceremony, Dead Tongues) and Thom Canova at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium and at Studio M in the spring of 2016, Tolerance Ends, Love Begins is a story of broken love and resurrection, their most hopeful collection to date.